Penn State’s Board of Trustees met Thursday and Friday for summer committee and full board meetings at Penn State Harrisburg and approved the operating budget for the fiscal year, including a tuition and fees increase for some of the Penn State campuses around the Commonwealth.
What else happened?
The board of Trustees approved President Eric Barron’s appointment of Dr. Lee R. Kump to the position of the Dean of the Colleges of Earth and Mineral Sciences and Dr. Justin Schwartz to the position of Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the College of Engineering. Kump’s appointment is effective immediately and Schwartz will assume the role August 15.
- Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus will become “Penn State Scranton,” effective May 1, 2018. The campus, located in northeastern Pennsylvania boasts 1,100 students and offers 12 Baccalaureate degrees and four associate degrees with 125 faculty members. Reasoning for the name change included making it easier to identify the campus for those who are not in the immediate geographical area (Worthington Scranton was an industrialist and civic leader in northeastern Pennsylvania).
- The Natural Resources Learning Center, located in Smethport, Pennsylvania will now become the “Donald J. Comes Natural Resources Learning Center” following Comes’ 41 acre real estate donation where the center is housed.
- Penn State Hazleton’s library will become “The Mary M. Bertil E. Lofstrom Library” in honor of the philanthropy of Bertil E. Lofstrom and his late wife, Mary M. Lofstrom.
- Architectural firm WTW Architects of Pittsburgh were named the architects for the Pattee Library Renovations and Courtyard Infill at University Park. The project will include the infill construction of an atrium space that will connect the Central and West Pattee portions of the library. The atrium will be two stories and a two-story collaboration area and student meeting room will be placed on top of the atrium.
- A new lacrosse stadium (Panzer Stadium) will be built at the existing lacrosse field at University Park. The stadium is named after Ken Panzer, a Penn State graduate who announced $3.55 million in gifts for construction of the new stadium. Additional gifts from lacrosse alumni and donors increased the total gifts for the venue to $5.6 million.